The Curse of Health Magick

I only want to write about magick that works, and magick that works easily and regularly. I have yet to find any health magick, or any form of healing, that works as well as the rest of of my magick. I don’t think you could even say a visit to the doctor works well, so I certainly don’t feel qualified to offer a magickal alternative to mainstream medicine. It would feel like cashing-in on hope and illness.

When I worked as a sorcerer-for-hire I was often asked to heal people. I refused every time, because I didn’t have the skills. People still offer to throw money at me for this sort of work, and it would be easy to exploit them. But I couldn’t live with myself. There is a chance that magickal work could act as a placebo, and thus provide a real benefit, but I would feel like a fraud.

So, when people ask, I refuse, but I do a little angelic magick free of charge in the hope it will help them. I don’t know that it does, but it feels right to try.

In person I’ve found that I can heal headaches, but that’s about all. I’m pretty good at magick, so I wish I could offer hope and help to those who need it, but simply don’t feel qualified. If that changes, and I find something that works consistently when it comes to healing, I will rethink.

But as I say over and over, magick is only ever one factor in any situation. To conquer a situation you break it down into parts and target each part with magick. When it comes to health I can’t imagine having the insight or skill to know what to do when somebody with cancer asks me for help. Do I try to make them feel better by fighting symptoms? Do I try to raise their levels of hope? Do I try to zap the cancer cells? Do I try to make more money for them so they can get better treatment? I don’t know, so I don’t try.

When you’re ill, the best way to get better is probably to seek medical help, not magickal help. And if medical help isn’t working, then I doubt magick will either. But I know that people want the option, even if the magick is unreliable.  I have also had several medical professionals say that the power of hope is vital to medicine. We will never promise miracle cures, but as a compromise, I listed the healing abilities of several angels in The 72 Angels of Magick. I want to make it clear that if you have cancer, I probably can’t cure you. If you have flu, a vaccination would have been better than magick. And so on.

You can use magick to raise your general levels of energy, to improve your willpower (to lose weight for example) and to live a more balanced life. I remain concerned that a book of health magick would be purchased by chronic pain suffers, cancer patients and others with conditions that may never be helped by magick. This is not a subject we have forgotten, and other members of The Gallery of Magick are working with me to find a way to disseminate the magickal knowledge without offering false hope. Adam Blackthorne’s book, The Sigils of Power contains some rituals for personal healing and health, but these are for minor conditions (not miracle recoveries), and the usual disclaimer remains: we get sick, we die and the best way to avoid ill health is to live a healthy lifestyle, rather than to rely on magick.

– Damon Brand

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6 thoughts on “The Curse of Health Magick

  1. I honor your sharing your personal feelings in the matter, I think it is extremely honest. Honesty, in my personal and not very expansive healing practices, seems to be the spoonful needed in any practice. I am a licensed massage therapist who became licensed so I could legally lay hands on people and my aspirations to heal were high, backed with much training – Reiki Master level, Qi Gong Energy Work, Light Working, 3rd degree Craft Tradition training, and more for over 15-18 years! In the end, I am of a mind that if someone is not in the game to be healed, if they have psycho/spiritual/emotional entanglements, these could be and often are the root cause of a very intricate illness.
    These illnesses, like muscles in the body that respond to physical massage, can be coaxed toward homeostasis by such things as Energy/Light/Reiki/Craft healing methods. But if the root is not also recognized by the individual and an acceptance of a need to commit personally to the healing is not taken, then any energies I offer can be like pouring water down a drain. So progress can be made, then the individual goes back to a state of mind, a physical repetitive pattern (like the body and physical massage ), an emotional hurt ( spiritual negative pattern of guilt, shame, abuse)…instantly its all back to illness and personal energy loss. I have witnessed and experienced curses which work in this manner, leaving no inner hope at the end of a slow burning Hex! It is not unless to help, but the person MUST want it.
    These have been my observations and lessons in the healing practices. It has been enough to make me feel pretty much like yourself…not hopeless, but left with a desire not to offer false hope and a weariness at attempting to help, only to see the individual fall back into it again. There have been successes too, but that cannot be me. I believe the personal contact with their personal Angelic Realm and Other Guides is what helped, along with my council and their willingness.

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  2. While I fully understand your ideas on this subject, I am a little surprised. Working with angelic entities is featured predominately in several of your books.The archangel Raphael is known as the universal healer and the occult forums have more than a few accounts of healing performed by requesting his help. What are your thoughts on this?

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    1. I am not saying it’s impossible, and there are people close to me who use healing magick. I won’t say that I haven’t tried it, or deny that I continue to use it from time to time. Yes, angels can heal, but it’s the least predictable magick. I’m not willing to put a book out there because the main purchasers would be people who are desperate and beyond hope. It would feel like exploitation. Of course, anybody can read between the lines of Magickal Angels and choose to use certain angels for healing, but I never want to sell a book on the strength of that.

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  3. One way to approach it is to be guided to the proper treatments and doctors, naturopaths, herbalists, etc. that can best treat you. Of course, money magick should also be performed, for good health treatments are an expense, not to mention when they are not covered by medical insurance.

    I have not done specific magick to receive guidance towards treatments. I just ask for my ancestors’ assistance. But seeing as you are quite accomplished as a magickal practitioner, I thought I give my two cents. 😉

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